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Litcom 1: A Conference on Literature and Communities
Thu, 2 Mar 2017, 12:30 – Fri, 3 Mar 2017, 17:00 GMT
Thursday 2nd March 12.30pm - 5.30pm
& Friday 3rd of March 9:30am - 5pm
What is the relationship between literature and communities? This conference aims to take issue with a conception of literature as an individualistic arts practice (solo writer, solo reader), to offer a critical space for those projects and activities that have been engaging with literature, and to co-produce research questions which will inform further events and a planned edited book around the topic.
We wish to consider how literatures emerge from given communities and in turn contribute to their co-creation. Do differing contexts produce distinctive literatures? What is the role of the writer in these communities? Do roles alter at different scales, i.e. local/national/international? Is the act of creative writing itself of value to communities as well as the act of reading? How can the production of literature be thought a negotiation with community?
Keynote speakers include:
Ava Chalkiadaki - Vice-Chair, Organisation of Culture, Sports and Youth, City of Athens; member of the Organising Committee, City of Athens World Book Capital 2018
Dave Ward - Co-ordinator, The Windows Project, Liverpool - writing in the community since 1976
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